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#466: What It's Like to Become a Widower
What’s it like for a man to lose the person at the very center of his life — his wife? Maybe you know firsthand, because you’ve lost a spouse yourself. Or maybe you know a friend or family member who’s a widower, and have wondered what he’s going through and how to help him. Or maybe you’re just curious about what this journey is like, should you, heaven forbid, become a widower one day yourself.No matter which group you fall into, we could all benefit from understanding more about the journey widower’s take through loss, grief, and the effort to establish a new life.Here today to walk us through this process is Herb Knoll, who lost his wife himself and has dedicated his life to helping his fellow widowers. Herb is the founder of the Widower’s Support Network which provides free advice and resources to men who’ve lost their spouses, and the author of the book The Widower’s Journey. Today on the show, we discuss Herb’s own experience of becoming a widower, how and why he found that there were few resources available specifically focused on helping men deal with the loss of their wives, and how that catalyzed him into creating such resources himself. We then get into the different issues widowers face, including loneliness, isolation, depression, a decline in their own physical health, and poor decision making, and how and why these issues can manifest themselves differently in men than women. Herb also shares tips on what family and friends can do to support a widower in the months after his spouse dies. We then discuss what dating and marriage is like for a widower, including when the time is right to start dating again and how to handle a second marriage with kids, both financially and psychologically.Get the show notes at aom.is/widowersjourney.
#464: What's Causing the Sex Recession?
Studies show that people, especially young people, are having less sex than past generations did. While many may celebrate this decline as a good thing, the reasons behind the drop in sex may not all be so positive. A decline in physical intimacy may potentially speak to a decline in emotional intimacy, and a struggle modern folks are having with connecting with each other.My guest explores the decline in sexual frequency as a way into these larger cultural and relational questions in her longform cover story for this month's The Atlantic magazine. Her name is Kate Julian, and today we discuss her piece, entitled "The Sex Recession," on why people are counterintuitively having less sex in a time when sex is less taboo and more accessible than ever before. We begin our conversation highlighting the statistics that indicate young Americans are having less sex and whether this decline holds true for other countries and affects married people as well as singles. Kate then delves into the idea that the reasons for why young people are having less sex may suggest deeper issues in how people are relating, or not relating, to each other. These reasons include the way dating apps are shaping in-person interactions, the prevalence of porn, and an increase in anxiety and depression. We end our conversation by raising the question of why people continue to perpetuate relational patterns that don't seem to be making them happy.This is a fascinating discussion. I know some of you listen to the podcast with your kids. Due to the mature nature of this show, I’d have them skip this one.Get the show notes at aom.is/sexrecession.
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Chong Yun Kim

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Dec 6th
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Adrian Whitmire

nice

Oct 30th
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Eddie Hart

you can tell the guest speaker has experienced neither generalized anxiety disorder nor crippling depression, due to the number of false statements in this episode. normally love listening to AoM episodes, but this one's off.

Oct 30th
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Nate Ballew

So organizations shouldn't place too many entrepreneur types in the same department? "Sir! They're all gone!" "Jabolski! Have you gone mad? What are you talking about? Who's gone?" "Accounting. They're apparently starting an online e-commerce payment solution." "My God. Jabolski get my wife on the phone" "Yes, Sir. But--sir what about accounting?" "Screw accounting. I quit. I'm going to finally pursue my dream of opening a yogurt shop."

Oct 25th
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Nate Ballew

This episode is packed with some tasty information. THANKS.

Oct 24th
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Randy Westerberg

This podcast is great! So informative and helpful. I learned how to actually budget from this episode.

Oct 22nd
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Nils Bruijel

This really challenged my pre-conceived notions. Really hopeful episode!

Oct 10th
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Randall Wilkinson

In 1944 mostly 18 and 19 year old kids stormed the beach at Normandy to return freedom to Europe. Can you imagine that today

Sep 27th
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Vojtěch Uhlíř

Love Brad.. Compared to other podcasters he is modest and doesn't try to show off... The best podcast I have encountered so far!

Sep 23rd
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Julio Brenes

very cool episode

Sep 20th
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Milder Lisondra

Best episode I have heard yet. Been a listener for just under a year. Thank you for creating this episode. AOM is a great program and the website is equally great.

Sep 13th
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Ved

Milder Lisondra listen to the Apollo 8 one, its even better

Sep 18th
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Adam Gelatt

dogshit show

Sep 13th
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Bruce Chestnutten

Finally. A useful episode without a boring ass guest.

Sep 6th
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Ved

Solid episode.

Sep 5th
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Leon Malan

Man, what an inspiration. Another winner, Brett

Aug 31st
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James Hyett

one of the most stupid conversations I've ever heard. imbecilic .

Aug 30th
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Ved

So basically Deep Work with a buzzword?

Aug 29th
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Daniel Gonçalves

The irony is my mind wandered during this.

Aug 29th
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Bruce Chestnutten

Lame episode

Aug 22nd
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Jose Harvey López Toro

Great content. Thanks a lot. Best wishes. Keep it going AoM.

Aug 17th
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